Safeguarding at St Hugh’s

Parishioners will be aware from media sources that Pope Francis held a summit on child protection and clerical abuse.

He has called on Catholics around the world to work together to erase “this abominable crime from the face of the earth”.

Safeguarding at St Hugh’s

Many people will automatically link the term “safeguarding” with children and young people. But there are other members of our society who are also in need of protection.

These include (but are not limited to) adults with disabilities and chronic ill-health, the elderly and any other individual who is unable to protect themselves from any form of abuse or neglect.

The welfare and safeguarding of our children and vulnerable adults is a matter of concern for us all. It is both an individual and communal responsibility. In our parish, we are committed to the care of all parishioners.

If you believe that an individual is in immediate danger, do not delay in calling the Police using 999.

If you have any concerns or questions about safeguarding issues, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Representative – Rebecca Clarke – in confidence. She can be contacted on letchworthsg@rcdow.org.uk

As part of the Safeguarding Structure within the Diocese of Westminster, our parish is committed to encouraging a culture of safety and protection – where every person is safe from harm and abuse and is encouraged, empowered and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the prayerful, caring, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic community, both individually and collectively. (Source: CSAS)

The Catholic Church and its individual members are taking appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, by practising fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults and responding sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

This is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults, caring for those hurt by abuse and ministering to and robustly managing those who have caused harm. (Source: CSAS)

Click the link to view the national  Safeguarding structure in the Church.  For further information about Safeguarding, with links to the national safeguarding groups, click  here.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.